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Kern To Participate In Realignment Study

Publication Date: 
February 21, 2013
The Bakersfield Californian
Antonie Boessenkool

Professor Robert Weisberg is quoted in this Bakersfield Californian article by Antonie Boessenkoo on how Stanford researchers plan to use data from state counties which shows how prison realignment "affects decisions on prisoner releases, criminal sentencing and filing charges."

It took some convincing, but the group that helps implement prison realignment in Kern County agreed Wednesday to participate in a statewide Stanford University study on how the program is working.

Some members of the Community Corrections Partnership worried Kern County wouldn't look good under the microscope, but in the end only one voted against the idea.


Stanford researchers hope to look at data from all 58 California counties such as how realignment affects decisions on prisoner releases, criminal sentencing and filing charges, said Robert Weisberg, a professor at Stanford Law School.

The researchers plan to use data counties already are collecting on the effects of realignment locally and interview key people such as prosecutors and judges, Weisberg said.